Don’t Put a Bird On It. Put It On a Bird.

I don’t collect a lot of jewelry. I am a very low-maintenance, no-fuss, no-muss kind of girl. However, because I have an adoring husband, I am lucky in that my collection has grown enough where I need to actually have a place to contain all of it. For the longest time I was looking for a jewelry tree and couldn’t find one anywhere. Then lo and behold, about a year ago I found one at Target (surprise, surprise). The one I chose was one of TWO they had at the time. Maybe Tucson isn’t a test market for jewelry trees? Who knows…

Anyway, I never really loved the one I chose, because:

1) It didn’t match anything else

2) Birds? Yes, they’re a decoration in Max’s room, but generally I associate them with messiness (which is appropriate for a toddler, no?)

3) Options were limited, and well, meh…

Then one day, I got a wild spray paint hair and decided to up and change the tree. Of course, now every store has dozens of jewelry tree options everywhere I look. Even CVS. Clearly, I’m a weird niche market trend setter. But I didn’t want pewter, or silver, or nickel. I wanted…brass.

We bought this amazing mid-century bedroom set a few years back that features great brass details. Two things I’m not into typically? Geriatric furniture and anything brass. But it just…spoke to us. So we bought it and ever since then, we’ve been striving to create a special space in the bedroom using the furniture as inspiration.

Back to the birds.

I tried spray painting a lamp a few years back with little success. Paint chipped. Disappointment ensued. The spray paint market suffered. Blogs were blog-less.

Until now. I did it right. I used primer. Growing up with a dad into restoring cars, you would think paint primer was a way of life. Clearly, I thought I knew better. I was wrong. Wrong!

So here you go. My weird pewter, jewelry tree with birds (a tree with birds. clever.) transformed into a brass accessory, tailor-made for the bedroom. Do I love it? I love it.

Partners in DIY crime.

Partners in DIY crime.

At first I was unsure of the brass color on the cap. Too dark? Too dingy? But I went for it. I already invested in a jewelry tree I didn’t like. What would happen? I like it less? Big deal!

Before: Ho-Hum, make-do, jewelry tree.

Before: Ho-Hum, make-do, jewelry tree.

It’s really a great jewelry tree. I’ve given it a bad rap. It’s functional, it’s quaint, it’s just not what I ultimately wanted.

During: Primer is my new best friend.

During: Primer is my new best friend.

After the primer I thought, “Why didn’t I go with white? This white looks so slick!” However, it looks like snow. Right now, literally, it’s 102 degrees outside. Don’t talk to me about snow unless you can deliver!

After: The finished, brass product!

After: The finished, brass product!

The final product. The brass color turned out so much better than I had hoped. I was trying to avoid anything that looked too gold and am really happy with this color. It has a great depth to it and the tree looks like it was always meant to be this color.

It looks perfect on the dresser against the afternoon light.

It looks perfect on the dresser against the afternoon light.

It sits on one of our dressers near the window. Every time I walk in the room, the silhouette really strikes me. I’m really happy I customized it and turned it into something I can love.

My first piece of "Mom" jewelry. It looks perfect on the tree.

My first piece of “Mom” jewelry. It looks perfect on the tree.

The first necklace I put on the newly painted tree was my first mother’s day necklace. Less than 5 inches below this photo is a pile of jewelry that needs to be arranged. I’ll get to it soon enough…

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